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How to scale agroecology

How to scale agroecology

October 27, 2022

Special webinar marking the 10th anniversary of Access Agriculture

(Organised by Access Agriculture and the Agroecology Coalition)

 

25 October, 11.00 AM GMT / UTC

 

As part of its 10th anniversary celebration this year, Access Agriculture (www.accessagriculture.org) organised a webinar on “How to scale agroecology” on 25 October 2022, in partnership with the Agroecology Coalition (www.agroecology-coalition.org).

 

Since it started in 2012, Access Agriculture’s video-led learning approach has reached an estimated 90 million people, mainly smallholder farmers, in over 100 countries, enabling them to learn about agroecological principles, leading to improved rural livelihoods and sustainable food systems. The organisation is filling a unique and valuable niche in supporting horizontal farmer-to-farmer learning and the scaling of agroecology across the Global South.

 

The Agroecology Coalition vision envisages an inclusive food system based on the principles of agroecology. The Coalition is a major outcome of the UN Food Systems Summit held in September 2021, and has already over 113 members (39 countries and 74 organisations), committed to making agroecological transitions a widespread reality.

 

The objectives of the webinar were to celebrate the achievements of Access Agriculture in the last 10 years and help shape its future strategy as a global service provider and scaling agent to help mainstream agroecology and transition towards more resilient food systems.

 

The webinar featured an eclectic line-up of distinguished speakers and panelists, including representatives from the Agroecology Coalition, FAO Family Farming Knowledge Platform, ANTHRA, Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) at McKnight Foundation, PROLINNOVA, academia, community radio and TV stations, in addition to Access Agriculture.

 

How to scale agroecology
https://youtu.be/j21LcQkscoA 

Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment

Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment

October 15, 2022

As part of the FAO Science and Innovation Forum 2022 side events, Access Agriculture and IFOAM Asia jointly organised a webinar “Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment” on Friday 14 October 2022, 08:00 AM GMT (10:00 AM CEST).

Sharing knowledge on agroecology and organic farming between communities across the Global South is vital to cope with changes and crises. Small farmers, in particular rural women and youth, living, in remote areas have limited access to relevant information and knowledge on ecological practices. To help such farmers, a growing network of young rural entrepreneurs across Africa and Asia are using solar-powered smart projectors to show quality farmer-to-farmer training videos in local languages in remote areas where there is no electricity or internet. 

The side event focused on how youth empowerment, combined with the power of digital technology, can be a powerful force to connect people from remote communities and contribute to the creation of more inclusive and sustainable food systems.

Title of the Session and Speakers

Welcome remarks
Speaker: Jane Nalunga, Entrepreneur Coach Coordinator, Access Agriculture

Reaching the unconnected through digital empowerment
Speaker: Josephine Rodgers, Executive Director, Access Agriculture   
 
Youth as future leaders in the organic sector
Speaker: Julia Lernoud, Vice President of IFOAM - Organics International

Value of digital skills and tools for agricultural entrepreneurship – Perspective from a young changemaker from India
Speaker: Kumar Neeraj, Founder of Khetee and Access Agriculture ERA from India

Value of digital skills and tools for agricultural entrepreneurship – Perspective from a young changemaker from Kenya
Speaker: Maureen Njeri Maina, Field Trainer at Schools and Colleges Permaculture (SCOPE) and Access Agriculture ERA from Kenya

Q & A Session
Moderator:  Blessings Flao, Malawi & Southern Africa Co-ordinator, Access Agriculture

Wrap-up and Concluding remarks 
Speaker: Phil Malone, Communications Specialist, Access Agriculture, Global South, 

Website  https://www.accessagriculture.org/ 

Arrell Award Ceremony: Access Agriculture shines spotlight on farmer empowerment through local language videos

Arrell Award Ceremony: Access Agriculture shines spotlight on farmer empowerment through local language videos

June 11, 2022

On 7 June 2022, the Access Agriculture team received the 2022 Arrell Global Food Innovation Award in the category of Community Engagement Innovation in Toronto, Canada. The team comprised Josephine Rodgers, Executive Director; Paul Van Mele, Director for International Development; and Jane Nalunga, Coordinator of the Rural Entrepreneur Programme, who joined the event remotely.

“Local indigenous languages and indigenous knowledge really are at the core of what Access Agriculture does,” said Josephine Rodgers, accepting the Award. She emphasised that sharing knowledge between communities across countries is vital to cope with changes and crises. “We are partway through the UN Decade of Family Farming and in the first year of the UN Decade of Indigenous Languages, and we aim to make both count.”

The Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards recognise global excellence in food innovation and community impact. The Awards are adjudicated by a group of internationally respected scientists and community activists. 

Handing over the Award, Adrianne Xavier, Acting Director, Indigenous Studies Programme at McMaster University, who served as an adjudicator of the 2022 Awards, remarked, “The Access Agriculture video resources provide information and relevant content to farmers in small communities, which is critical to local food systems in the Global South.” 

The Award ceremony was held during the 5th Annual Arrell Food Summit, which bought together food leaders and experts to co-create solutions and discuss how to work together to ensure a healthy and resilient future of food.

In keeping with the Summit’s focus and Access Agriculture’s vision, Paul Van Mele said, “We try to strengthen farmers’ knowledge, but also society at large to produce, process and consume food with greater respect for nature and local culture. This award is a recognition of the contribution of our staff and the hundreds of partners, who make use of our videos to train farmers in their own communities to promote agroecology and regenerative farming.”
The Award panel highlighted that Access Agriculture was selected for its model, outreach, and delivery of training videos in local languages, along with the engagement created at the community level, all of which contributes to healthier and more resilient food systems. 

Thanking the panel for its support and encouragement, Jane Nalunga said, “This is a great recognition of the young people, who are providing services to remote rural communities across Africa and now in South Asia too, using solar powered smart projectors to show videos of farmers inspiring other farmers in local languages. We are delighted to be recognised and aim to expand our activities with these wonderful rural people.”

 

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Coir pith (Summary)

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Coir pith degrades so slowly that it is often considered useless for agriculture. But well-decomposed coir pith can absorb five times its weight in water. So when applied to your soil, it can hold water much better. To prepare compost out of coir pith you need to break down the lignine. This can be done by good microbes.

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Cassava harvest made easier (Summary)

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Ensure your soil is rich in organic matter and grow a legume intercrop to help keep your soil loose. Plant your cuttings horizontally or at a slant so the roots grow closer to the surface. With a simple tool you can uproot your cassava twice as fast.

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Stronger plants with raised beds (Summary)

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Raised beds must be 20 to 30 centimetres high, 80 to 100 centimeters wide and the furrows 30 to 40 centimeters wide. The beds can be 50 to 100 meters long depending on the slope of the field. Because the beds are wide, water is channelled faster through the land, while seeping into the soil and reaching the roots of the crop directly.

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Managing false smut of rice (Summary)

Managing false smut of rice (Summary)

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By applying a range of agroecological practices, you can avoid disease infestation in  your rice crop.

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Managing the rice leaf folder (Summary)

Managing the rice leaf folder (Summary)

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By combining different organic methods, you will harvest a lot more rice and make more money.

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